Sunday May 31st
1944 – Guitarist Mick Ralphs is born in Heresford, England. He is a founding member of Mott the Hoople, but leaves the group in 1973 to form Bad Company.
1948 – John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) is born
1961 – Chuck Berry opened an amusement called “Berry Park” near St Louis
1962 – The Beatles performed at the Star-Club in Hamburg, West Germany
1969 – Jimi Hendrix appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine
1993 – Rocker Jon Bon Jovi and wife Dorothea Hurley have their first child in Red Bank, N.J. They name their daughter Stephanie Rose.
1995 – Bob Dole blasts Hollywood, singling out Time Warner for “the marketing of evil” in movies and music. He later admits he hasn’t seen or heard much of what he’s criticized.
1999 – “Behind the Music,” VH1’s highest-rated original series, begins airing at 9 p.m. nightly. The broadcasts kick off with the premiere of “The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Behind the Music.”
2005 – The Salvation Army close Strawberry Field, a Liverpool children’s home which inspired the Beatles’ song, “Strawberry Fields Forever.”
2006 – A few hundred lucky fans pack into New York’s Avalon to witness Pearl Jam tape an episode of the VH1 series “Storytellers,” which premieres a month later on the music channel.